Just a quick micro post today since I haven’t posted much but I was thinking about this. People often wonder what to do with the bones… and yes, we can make stock, but then what? Well… did you know you can burn leftover chicken bones (or, anything really) and they will add valuable calcium to the ashes? That is, if you want to use it as a garden amendment.
Quite some time ago my mom and I made a joint series of posts on the Homesteader School on how to use the whole chicken. I was just thinking about it today and while I think many of us who try to live a more sustainable, less consumer-focused lifestyle try to maximize what we use and minimize what we throw away. Naturally!
I save all my bones in ziplock bags in the freezer and then when I have energy or enough I make big batches of slow-simmered chicken stock and then can it into jars. After I’ve finished making the stock, the strained out bones and vegetable ends are all quite mushy – you can smush them with a spoon. But there’s just some things I don’t know if I want to feed to the animals, so I opt to dry them out a bit and then I burn them in the woodstove in a really really hot fire.
All the ashes from the woodstove go on the compost pile or even directly applied in the garden. So, just another way to use them.